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This is a bit slow but I really enjoyed it. You're under attack, do you fight to the death or concede, live and lose your pride? This is the decision the king and his ministers must decide. I thought this was filmed very well, acted very well, written well and the tension throughout the film kept me hooked to the end. It is a bit slow, 20 minutes too long but still very good. 7/10
Cobra Kai (2018)
Great Fun! Well Written
I just binged both seasons. Excellent stuff. The first few minutes looked a bit cheesy and I was 'oh oh!', but once I got past that, I loved this. I'm old enough to remember the original, so I was wondering how the writers would approach this, but I think they've done very well. It's very funny in places and some of the gags against today's woke generation genuinely made me laugh. (Check out the Whitesnake opening in Season 2, so funny!) What I liked about this was that it looks at the good and bad aspects of my generation (Sensei Lawrence) and the good and bad aspects of today's woke generation. The writers cross generations very well. I also like how the bad guy is sometimes the good guy and the good guy is sometimes the bad guy. The soundtrack is also great! Overall, excellent fun and thumbs Up.. 8/10
Director's Cut Better
I watched this in 1994 when it came out and I thought it was around a 6.5/10. I bought the directors cut yesterday for £3.99 of Amazon and found it to be a much better version. It spends about 20 minutes more building the relationship between Mathilde and Leon, and because of that, its a much better film for it. I also think this is Natalie Portman's best ever work. Her acting in this film is superb. I still can't believe it's 26 years since I last saw this O_o Anyway, based on the directors cut, my vote has now gone up to 8/10. Good film.
I quite liked this and it kept my interest throughout, it's just that the ending is pretty meh. It's like the scriptwriters went 'er...i dunno..just end it here'. Anyhoo, i still liked it. P.S. Norway looks amazing. 6.5/10
I've always believed that the most important thing in filmmaking is a decent story. You can have the most expensive production ever, but if the story is pants, so is the film. This has a good script, with a couple of nice twists. I liked it, thumbs up. 8/10
On Amazon UK, this is £2.50 SD to rent or £4.99 SD to buy (8/20). As my 2011 Mac is SD, I thought..let's go for the buy. What a good call! The first ten minutes of this film is a tad cheesy, but after that, wow..what a good film. Sergio Leone basically made 'A Fistful of Dollars' from this..and then promptly got sued. That was a good film, this is better. The only reason I've given this a 7/10 instead of an 8/10 is that the music soundtrack is awful. A minor blip in what is a great film. I'll 100% watch it again.
I quite liked this but I wouldn't put this into my top 10 of best films. It's different, its acted well, the script has a nice twist, but to me, it's lacking something. It felt a bit forced in places. Anyway, that's me being overly fussy. Overall, a good watch and 7/10 does it for me.
Tries Too Hard
This could have been good but sadly it just missed. The script wasn't quite there. There were moments of cardboard / forced dialogue and forced storylines that took me out of the experience. When you start questioning the story of a film, you know the script is a tad off. It has a good cast, it's filmed and mostly acted well, but overall, it just wasn't quite there. It's one of those frustrating films where you can see the potential but sadly it ends up bland. 5.5/10
Hotel Del Luna (2019)
Good for Food Poisoning
Tied to the bed and toilet, I thought I'd give this Korean TV show a go..let's face it, I'm not going anywhere else at the moment. So, I clicked play and once I saw the lead actress, I was like..oh my lordy, I'm in love..let's watch this bad boy for a bit more lol.
I liked this show but man alive it's veeeeeery slooooow. It's 16 episodes with about 20 hours of content. Yes, 20 hours! If it wasn't for the food poisoning, I probably wouldn't have finished it. This could have easily been trimmed to 10 episodes.
Anyway...it's filmed well, acted quite well, and has amazing sets and costumes. It has drama, sadness, comedy, and nice characters you can relate to. Plus, everyone is super good looking, the product placement is hilarious and each episode comes with about two songs of heartfelt, poignant staring off into the distance. Thank eff, Netflix has a plus 10 button! It's nice to see Seoul as well. I have to say, it even made me think about the futility of striving to achieve while missing out on the present moment..although that could have been the cocktail of drugs I'm on at the moment. Overall a thumbs up, 7/10 and as this is about reincarnation, I hope I can meet the lead actress in a later life and..also be good looking too lol!
Now, back to dying!
Ozark: Civil Union (2020)
This is where I bail out
Season 1 was very good. I binged watched season 2. It's not bad. However, in season 3, the main character, the ice cold man who has survived the cartel by being sensible and clever suddenly gets jealous of his wife's abilities and starts sabotaging cartel deals..seriously? This would have been a 8.5/10 but the change in character for season 3 makes me drop it to 6 for bad writing. Shame because I was a fan. Bye bye, I'm out.
S1 & 2 Good: Season 3 gets silly
Season 1 was very good. I binged watched season 2. It's not bad. However, in season 3, the main character, the ice cold man who has survived the cartel by being sensible and clever suddenly gets jealous of his wife's abilities and starts sabotaging his own cartel deals just to make a point..seriously? This would have been an 8.5/10 but the change in character for season 3 makes me drop it to 6 for bad writing. Shame, because I was a fan.
The Old Guard (2020)
Tis No Highlander
Not bad but not great either. It's watchable but a tad bland. The script probably needed a couple more rewrites. 5/10
The Umbrella Academy (2019)
I liked this. I liked most of the characters, which means it's written well. I had to laugh though as we have every 'tick box' category in here. We have the empowered woman, the black character, the Asian character, the gay character, the evil white guy lol. Twitter will be happy so that's good. I think Netflix will struggle to get a second series out of it though. This story could have been rounded up in 14 episodes. 20 episodes will be a push. Anyway, minor gripes aside, thumbs up 7/10.
Dark Waters (2019)
Good Film But 20 Mins Too Long!
This is a good film. It's acted well, written well, directed well, and comes with a good true story. My only 'minor' gripe is it's 20 minutes too long and often drags in places with regards to 'family issues'. If it was tighter and stuck 100% to the law case, I would have popped it an 8/10 instead of a 7/10. That's a minor issue. Overall, this is a very good film.
Warrior Nun (2020)
Cardboard Dialogue and Wooden Acting
Producers meeting: 'Ok. We've got the empowered female lead, tick. We've got the black character, tick, we've got the Asian character, tick..evil bad guy..tick. Phew..we won't have a twitter storm now..we're good to go! Wait? Have we got a decent script? No? Ok..well we're socially acceptable, so it's ok! Pile in the good looking actors who can't act, ply them some cardboard dialogue and we'll figure it out as we go.' 4/10.
The Invisible Man (2020)
Really dark in places, so hard to see, very slow moving, awful script, and comes with the added bonus of some wooden acting in places. 4/10
The Gentlemen (2019)
I liked it
I'm from London so I guess I am a bit biased but I did like this. It's a 'refined' gangster film. More laid back then the old shoot em up ones. Nice script, well acted and an enjoyable watch. 6.8/10
Space Force (2020)
I really wanted to like this but it's boring and not even funny. It's all style and no substance i.e. it looks great but there's no humour. It's just bland and 'meh'. Shame. 3/10
It's watchable but it's not funny. It's just bland and pretty 'meh'. All that money spent on the film.. and they couldn't pay someone to write a funny script. It's mad really. 4.5 /10
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Caught this on dvd today for £2! (3 films for £6 for 2 nights :) I thought this film was brilliant. It's got a great script, great casting, great acting, well directed, and it's also funny and sad. Loved it 9/10.
Good film but 35 minutes too long
Don't get me wrong, I liked this film. It's acted superbly and directed very well. There's also some wonderful camera shots in this as well. Overall, I enjoyed it but it was waaaay too long - coming in at a stonkingly large 2:47 run time = the film dragged in places. Just to note, this film is very slow moving. If you're not in the mood for a slow moving film, wait until you are. For me (who has lived in Denmark) I found it fascinating to see Denmark in that era, which is why I liked it (along with the superb acting and directing). A good film but 35 minutes too long. 6.5 /10
Just Mercy (2019)
Cardboard dialogue and acting
I like my legal films but sadly this one fails to live up to the ratings. I found the dialogue very wooden and a lot of acting quite poor. It's interesting to learn about the case, but as a legal film, it's pretty bland. 5/10
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
I liked the first one but this one is flat. It's been done before and that's the problem.
Den skyldige (2018)
All you need is a strong script and good acting and you can make a cracker. You don't need millions and millions of dollars and tons of CGI. This is set in one location..and yet I was still glued to the screen by the on going story. Big thumbs up 8/10
Fukufukusou no Fukuchan (2014)
I really like a lot of the Japanese Third Window Films because they're quite wacky with deliberately weird characters. Right at the beginning, this has one of the funniest laugh out loud scenes. I was killing myself lol. Simple story, great cast, well acted, totally off the wall in places.. and it made me laugh a lot. Thumbs up 8/10